The Simulation and Digital Entertainment (SDE) Program provides students with the skills to design and develop computer games for fun, advertising, education and simulations. SDE teaches students how to use various programs and languages currently used by many companies in the gaming industry. SDE is an area of study where students can learn to take real events and represent them in a virtual environment using computers. Students can break down complex ideas into a visual medium where they can be seen in an easy and understandable way.
Interactivity has become a large part of the SDE field. A large portion of interactive media is in the framework of video games. Video game making has become a strong staple both in entertainment and in education. HCC's SDE program helps students take a concept and produce an image or an animation. In conjunction, interactive components are taught to enhance the visual experience. Students learn how to program using a variety of software, languages and scripts, such as Flash, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, Actionscript 3.0, C++, and many others.